Plymouth University
Archival Practice MA
Plymouth University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

The MA Archival Practice programme is taught in partnership with archival professionals from The Box, Plymouth. It will give you practical experience of the archive: through work-based learning in local archives, ranging from manuscripts to film, sound and digital archives, you will explore current and practical issues such as fund-raising, the varied needs of users, and how to communicate through outreach and marketing.

This programme is also available to study part-time.

Key features

  • Benefit from a programme taught in partnership with archive specialists from Plymouth City Council's Museums and Galleries Archives.

  • Develop links with local record offices and other archives – work-based learning is a key feature of the MA.

  • Meet practical and current needs (fund-raising, employment law, archival and digital skills) for a range of employment options in the archive and heritage sector with our range of core and optional modules.

  • The MA is designed to be a professional qualification and is aligned to the Archives and Records Association’s new competencies.

  • Prepare yourself for a range of archive and related jobs, including posts with local government, national archives, museums, universities, businesses and charities.

Careers with this subject:

The MA Archival Practice is designed to prepare you for a range of archive and related jobs, including posts with local government, national archives, museums, universities, businesses and charities.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 With 5.5 in all elements.

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* A 2:1 or first class BA (Hons) degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification) and a period (minimum 30 days / 120 hours) of paid or voluntary employment in an archive or records service, or experience in a post where archive or record management is a substantial responsibility. Applicants meeting these criteria are interviewed by a practising member of the profession in the selection process. We are very happy to help with finding a suitable pre-programme placement. If you would like to discuss options, or if you have any questions about the programme or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Team.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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Founded in 1992, Plymouth University is established in the small city of Plymouth, South West England. The university has a variety of residence halls at distinct price points, and all within walking distance of your classrooms. When wandering off-campus, students will find a blend of both urban and rural surroundings, ensuring that there’s something for everyone here.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Drake Circus
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